Song for a Saturday: Madonna of the Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock

Coming this Halloween, a neo-giallo serial magazine The Blood Red Experiment. My novella in slices takes its name from this song. An ancient knife, a bloody ritual and a killer obsessed with his queen: get ready for the Madonna of the Wasps and six more compelling thrillers.

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Song for a Saturday: Witches’ Multiplication Table – Holger Czukay

It’s not an abacus. #RIP

Film for a Friday: The Shout

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I’d heard about this Skolimowski film for some time, especially from the Folk Horror folks. I had vague memories of reading about The Shout somewhere back in the day, but only recently got a copy to watch. Yes, the premise is a little silly — no more so than Experiment IV though, and with a likewise stellar cast. A sound that kills: a fascinating concept. The opening scenes on the dunes are eerily creepy and the film maintains an undercurrent of unease that’s quite powerful. I want to read the Robert Graves story it’s inspired by and see if it’s just as English. So much of the plot relies on people in uncomfortable situations unwilling to be frank about their discomfort. Francis Bacon images punctuate the sound studio in the farm house. The sound track is by former Genesis folk Michael Rutherford and Tony Banks, but don’t let that put you off. This is my favourite scene:

Keep an eye on your buckles, folks.

Song for a Saturday: Theme from The Virginian

Percy Faith with an old family favourite. We watched a lot of westerns and war pictures back in the day. On the TV too.

Song for a Saturday: Anthony Newley – That Noise

I don’t know what it was, but there it goes again.

Song for a Saturday: A Wren in the Cathedral – Sarah Angliss

Learn more about the video here. Check out Angliss’ latest album Ealing Feeder.